A steady rain didn't interfere with the fireworks or the fun line up for First Night Bethlehem 2019! The event was well attended throughout the evening, thanks to everyone who came out to ring in the New Year!
Our sincere gratitude to all the participating venues who served as hosts and area businesses that stayed open to accommodate attendees; to Bethlehem organizations and businesses that sold First Night buttons; to sponsors and donors for their contributions to help defray costs; to town departments for their support; to the organizing partners for their time and energy planning First Night; and to the dozens of volunteers who joined us to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
Because of the many who contributed their valuable time, creativity, sponsorship funds, and know-how, First Night 2019 was a success and surpassed its fundraising goal. Four non-profits, Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited, Friends of Bethlehem Parks & Recreation, Senior Projects, Inc., and the Community Fund, and their programs that help Bethlehem neighbors in need, will benefit.
The First Night organizing committee strives to improve First Night Bethlehem every year while maintaining a community vibe. Your feedback and suggestions are appreciated to help plan future events – please email the Supervisor’s Office and let us know your thoughts on what worked best and where we could make improvements. We would love to hear from you!
Bethlehem’s First Night 2019 Celebration, a family friendly, fun event, will be held on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31 and will start off with fireworks at the Four Corners at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment and activities will follow at various nearby venues, all within walking distance of the Four Corners.
Adults: $10 in advance, $15 day of the event
Kids 12-18: $5 (under 12 FREE)
Purchase online at Eventbrite.com or in person at the following Delmar locations (call to verify hours of operation):
Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue
Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue
Delmar Marketplace, 406 Kenwood Avenue
Perfect Blend Café, 376 Delaware Avenue
Twisted Vine Wine & Tap, 384 Kenwood Avenue
Proceeds will go to programs that help our neighbors in need.
This event is presented in partnership with the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, Bethlehem Community Fund, Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited, Bethlehem Senior Projects, and Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation with entertainment and activities hosted by Bethlehem Chabad, Bethlehem Masonic Lodge, Bethlehem Public Library, Bethlehem Town Hall, Delmar Fire Department, Delmar Marketplace, Delmar Reformed Church, First United Methodist Church, and St. Thomas the Apostle Church.
This year’s lineup includes:
NISKY DIXIE CATS ● THREE QUARTER NORTH ● WIDE AWAKE ● BAD Jazz
PLAYIN’ with FIRE BAND ● RED DIRT HIGHWAY ● MAGICIAN JIM SNACK
AARON DAVIS ● ANDY the MUSIC MAN ● MENDELSSOHN CLUB
Other fun and entertainment includes an outdoor ice sculpture, face painting, crafts for kids, green screen photo booth, DEC wildlife game, Therapy Dogs International, Cue Theatre, a performance by Bethlehem Traditional Irish Dance, Broadway Bound Performing Arts Academy, a kosher food festival, and Bethlehem’s Got Teen Talent Show at Town Hall.
Proceeds from First Night button sales will be divided equally among four Bethlehem non-profits. Bethlehem Community Fund’s mission is to raise money to fill the gap left by traditional social services. Teachers, nurses, guidance counselors, school social workers, and area clergy make most of the requests for assistance. All proceeds received by Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation are held in a scholarship fund to assist local individuals and families in need participate in town activities. Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited works closely with the Bethlehem Central School District to support positive activities for students as well as annual forums designed to help parents and teens confront the challenges and opportunities they face. Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. provides programming and funds to supplement the Town Senior Services Department, sponsor the Bethlehem Food Pantry, and support an emergency heating fund.
First Night Bethlehem is looking for volunteers. Shifts are 1.5 hours long and all volunteers will be given a FREE First Night Bethlehem button, so that they can enjoy the various events and performances that evening. Please contact Joan Gavrilik at 518-605-6580 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
Questions? Contact Robin Nagengast at 518-439-4955, extension 1164 or email.
A big THANK YOU to all of the event sponsors! Your support for the community is very much appreciated, and with your help, this year’s event will be a success.
McSharry & Associates Realty
Policy Research Associates
Quality PM, Inc.
Albany Med EmUrgent Care-Glenmont; Bennett Contracting, Inc.; Bethlehem Central Teachers Association; CrossFit Spur; Delmar Marketplace & McCarroll’s Village Butcher; Four Corners Pharmacy; Gregory's Barbershop – Delmar; Lavelle & Finn, LLP; Mary Amodeo - Coldwell Banker Prime Properties; School’s Out, Inc.; Senator Neil D. Breslin; St. Thomas the Apostle Church; and Wild Bird Junction.